Archive : April 2015 year
Jodrell Bank will house headquarters for world's largest radio telescope
30.04.2015 - 22:08
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation has decided that the permanent headquarters of the SKA project will be the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank site. The ambition is to create a system of distributed radio telescopes whose total collecting area is 1sq km. The SKA is set to provide vast amounts of data to help scientists a...
Defects in liquid crystals may enable a new class of display
30.04.2015 - 22:05
An international research team says it has developed a way of making advanced materials that might find application in optical technologies, displays and e-readers. The team, comprising scientists from SISSA, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Padova, introduced flaws into liquid crystals by inserting microspheres and then cont...
ST reports decline in revenues, $22m loss for Q1
30.04.2015 - 22:01
STMicroelectronics says its Q1 revenues were $1.7billion, 6.8% less than in Q4 2014 and a similar amount less than revenues in Q1 2014, leading to a loss of $22million. STMicroelectronics says its Q1 revenues were $1.7billion, 6.8% less than in Q4 2014 and a similar amount behind revenues in Q1 2014, leading to a loss of $22million. Carlo ...
IBM claims quantum computing breakthroughs
29.04.2015 - 23:56
IBM says its researchers have made two critical advances in their efforts to build a practical quantum computer. The team has shown that both kinds of quantum error – bit flip and phase flip – can be detected and measured simultaneously and has demonstrated a square quantum bit circuit design that is said to be the only physical arch...
Most accurate tyre pressure monitoring system launched for trucks
28.04.2015 - 23:53
Freescale has added the wireless FXTH8715 family to its tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) portfolio. The device is said to come in the industry's smallest fully integrated package and to provide the highest pressure accuracy for trucks and other large vehicles. The system integrates a dual axis accelerometer, motion sensor, a 315/434...
Mentor expands PADS range, targets 'independent engineers'
28.04.2015 - 23:18
In a move which it claims will redefine the market for PCB Design software, Mentor Graphics has introduced three new packages to its PADS product line. Jamie Metcalfe, market development manager, said the market had historically been seen as a pyramid. "We want to address the market from a company size point of view. While larger compani...
Li-ion thermal runaway captured by 3D imaging techniques
28.04.2015 - 22:51
A team led by UCL has used 3D imaging techniques to determine what happens inside a lithium-ion battery when it overheats and then explodes. According to the researchers, it is important to understand how Li-ion batteries fail in order to improve their design to make them safer to use and transport. Recently, three airlines announced they wi...
Avnet to unify Silica and Avnet Memec sales teams across Europe
28.04.2015 - 22:48
Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA says it has decided to enhance its operations by combining the sales forces of Avnet Memec and Silica into one with effect from 29 June 2015. The combined organisation will be led by Mario Orlandi, pictured, currently president of Silica. "This is an opportunity to extend our offerings and our customer ba...
AFDEC billings grow by 10%, but future still looks uncertain
28.04.2015 - 22:45
The Electronic Components Supply Network (ECSN) has reported what it calls 'a welcome improvement' in total monthly billings in March 2015. Consolidated figures reported by the association's authorised distributor (AFDEC) membership show that billings increased by 10% compared to February and by 2% over March 2014. ECSN chairman A...
Semiconductor industy's engine of process turns 50
28.04.2015 - 22:42
One thing Gordon Moore wasn't thinking about when he contributed an article to the 35th anniversary issue of Electronics magazine was creating a law of any kind. But his prediction – because that's what it was – has indeed turned into a law and a law which has driven the semiconductor industry to its current levels of exce...
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